SWRI - Alliance Renewal Agreement - July 11, 2007
AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE SEALANT WATERPROOFING AND RESTORATION INSTITUTE
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRI) agree to renew the Alliance signed February 20, 2003 and renewed July 21, 2005. OSHA and SWRI will continue to provide SWRI members and others in the sealant, waterproofing, and restoration industry, including small businesses, with information and guidance that will help them protect employees' health and safety. Through the Alliance, the organizations will address workplace issues such as confined spaces, falls, lead and silica hazards and staging requirements. In renewing the Alliance, OSHA and SWRI recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and SWRI will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the SWRI's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or SWRI's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as SWRI's Annual or Fall Technical Meetings.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SWRI's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by SWRI and through OSHA- or SWRI-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage SWRI members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
OSHA and SWRI will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Construction, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. The signatories may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Chairperson, SWRI Safety Committee
Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute